With one “Year In” post down (travel), I will now review all the films and T.V. shows I’ve loved this year relative to each other. I now realize I didn’t watch (or really love) many films or shows this year, but that’s probably because I spent more time watching YouTube (review for that also to come). With that, I decided to combine my posts into one rather than posting two separate ones like I did last year.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (★★★★): I firmly believe that these films are modern classics. Although they didn’t receive the best critic reviews, you can’t help fall in love with the awesome action sequences and humor anecdotes.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (★★★★): Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes… what an icon. Fight the power.
Dallas Buyer’s Club (★★★★): What an amazing story. A good commentary on the AIDs crisis and shortcoming of the U.S. healthcare system that still occur today.
Avengers: Infinity War (★★★★★): Need I say more? The new trailer came out today as I’m writing this (7/12) and I can’t bloody wait!
A Quiet Place (★★★★★): I was hesitant to watch this film because I don’t like horror movies (particularly cheap jump-scares), but this is more of a thriller than a horror. Although I assert that John Krasinski is a really goofy-looking bloke and hard to take seriously, he did an amazing job both directing and acting in this movie. An interesting premise and flawless execution.
Million Dollar Baby (★★★★): I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I didn’t have the twist spoiled for me by the parody episode of It’s Always Sunny in Phildelphia, but I loved this film, especially the inconclusive ending.
A Star is Born (★★★★): I absolutely worship Lady Gaga and have since the beginning. She is an absolute legend, having hit albums in pop, jazz, country… and now a soundtrack. Is there anything she can’t do? The plot of the movie was just okay, but the music is absolutely incredible. I’m living for this age of more frequent musical movies.
Although I watched maybe three times the amount of films listed on here, these are the ones I enjoyed most. I’m pretty insatiable when it comes to my movie taste, but you can see a list of my favorite films here.
I really enjoyed the new seasons of Shameless and RuPaul’s Drag Race, both of which I’ve been watching for a few years now. In fact, I just saw Alyssa Edwards live a few days ago!
Anything and everything Louis Thereoux (★★★★★): I didn’t get around to watching many documentaries this year (although I did really enjoy one on a cancer-scandal-turned-murder of Gypsy Rose Blancharde), Louis Thereoux never lets me down. His new altered states was very thorough and vulnerable, dealing with issues of life, love and death. The assisted suicide episode had me in ugly tears.
Jack Whitehall: Live (★★★★): Now, I’m not usually one for stand-up comedy specials, but I really enjoyed this one! I watched the show Fresh Meat last year and discovered my love for Jack Whitehall and his humor.
Travels with my Father (★★★★★): Piggy-backing on that, Jack also has a show where he, you guessed it, travels with his 70-something year old traditional father. Hilarity ensues.
The Good Place (★★★★★): I cannot sing my praises for this show enough. I’ve really been enjoying keeping up with the new season and can’t wait to see what happens next.
Wentworth (★★★★): An Australian (fictional) women’s prison show. It’s so good but very intense… I’m not exaggerating when I say someone dies nearly every episode. I’ve taken a little break from it but hope to finish it soon!
What was your favorite film or show this year? Do you have any recommendations for me?
Photo by Charles Deluvio.